- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (April 19, 2011)
It's always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
Kate is sure he's crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.
Simply put this book is amazing and I was completely blown away by it. I have always enjoyed mythology and I love to read different takes on it so I was excited to read this book. I had pretty high expectations for it and I am so glad that I was not let down. This story is about a girl who has to pass seven tests in order to become a goddess and help Hades run the Underworld. That alone makes this story intriguing but it really goes deeper than that. It is about difficult choices, love, friendship, and understanding. There were quite a few surprises, some of which I had an inkling of suspicion about and others that completely caught me off guard. What I really loved the most about this book though was the slowly built relationship between Kate and Henry. It wasn't some instant love type of thing that makes you want to roll your eyes, but it was something that developed over the time they had together. It also was not easy for them with the possibility of Kate failing the tests or even dying and on top of that, Kate having to deal with the knowledge that Henry still loved Persephone and she could never replace her in his heart. I hope that in the future installments we get to learn more about all the gods and goddesses. I think they are a diverse and interesting bunch.
I am at a loss for words when it comes to The Goddess Test...it is just so phenomenal that nothing I can say about it can really express the awesomeness that is this story. It is one of the best books I have read since I started this blog. It appears this series will be a trilogy so there are two more books to look forward to. The title of the second book in the series will be Goddess Interrupted with a release date in early 2012.
I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley for review. Any opinions expressed are my own.